On November 24, the ISET Policy Institute hosted an ENPARD workshop representing all four consortia (CARE, OXFAM, Mercy Corps, and PIN). The workshop featured Michaela Garguláková from People In Need (PIN) who talked about the Monitoring and Evaluation system and gave a presentation about the monitoring indicators of the ENPARD project. She also talked about Open Data Kit which is an innovative data collection tool that facilitates data collection process in the field. In addition, Lasha Lanchava from the ISET team presented his proposal aimed at evaluating the impact of ENPARD grants on cooperative behavior of firms and firm performance.

On November 5th, 2015 APRC at ISET Policy Institute presented a final results of a study called Regulatory Impact Assessment on crop insurance in Georgia. The goal of the workshop was to present and discuss the final results of RIA which was conducted by the APRC team from June to October 2015.
The following stakeholders attended the meeting: Agricultural Projects Management Agency (APMA), Georgian Insurance Association (GIA), insurance companies, Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA), a USAID project Governing for Growth (G4G), and Agroinsurance International.
The main presenter of the study was Pati Mamardashvili, the head of APRC, who briefly talked about the insurance market and the results of the pilot project. The presentation gave a short introduction into the topic, outlining the situation before the pilot insurance program and the key figures of two pilot programs (2014 and 2015).

October 16 is celebrated around the globe as World Food Day. On this day, volunteers from all countries step forward to inspire commitment towards ending hunger worldwide. In response to WFD’s official motto “when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero”, researchers from ISET Policy Institute donated food items to Catharsis Georgia – a charitable organization that, among other services, feeds 310 elderly in need every day.
During the visit researchers were taken on a tour inside the house and had an opportunity to explore the inner workings of this benevolent organization. They visited the kitchen, a recreational place for the elderly, their in-house church, a library, a gym, and had chance to talk to seniors sipping tea in the specially arranged bar.

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